Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  11 responses

Tony Parker Not Worried About Utah Jazz’s Plan to Foul Him Hard

The Utah Jazz seem to think they can slow down Tony Parker in Game 2 tonight by delivering a hard foul or two, but the Spurs’ point guard isn’t fazed by this at all. Per the Express-News: “The Utah Jazz flew back to Salt Lake City after Sunday’s 106-91 Game 1 loss at the AT&T Center, ostensibly hoping an answer to their Tony Parker problem would arrive out of thin mountain air. Apprised after Tuesday’s practice of the solution put forth by Utah’s Devin Harris — ‘Maybe give him a hard foul or two’ — Parker did his best to stifle a yawn. ‘It’s not the first time somebody has said that,’ Parker said. Indeed, it isn’t a playoff series until some opponent offers to deposit the Spurs’ All-Star point guard on his French derriere. After Parker ran unfettered for 28 points and eight assists in Game 1, he would have been almost insulted if nobody from Utah promised him bodily harm in tonight’s Game 2 at the AT&T Center. ‘My answer’s still going to be the same,’ Parker said. ‘I’m going to stay in attack mode.’ For the eighth-seeded Jazz, who returned to the Alamo City on Tuesday evening, Parker isn’t the only impediment in their quest to even the series against the top-seeded Spurs. Just the biggest one. Parker accomplished whatever he wanted in Game 1, often turning Harris and his backup, Jamaal Tinsley, into traffic cones on his frequent excursions into the paint. The best defense Utah could muster against Parker came a minute and a half in, when Harris accidentally clipped the heel of Parker’s shoe, forcing it off his foot.”

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  • AsadSaleh3

    Stephen Jackson won’t take too much of that.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Questioning the officials gets you fined, but threatening to intentionally hurt someone is fully acceptable.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Great point Mike.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Don’t worry, just throw his shoes off the court. Apparently when Wade does it, it’s a “clever” move. But when MWP/Artest does it, it’s classless.

  • @boweezy24

    Agree^ MWP Probably Would Get Fined Then Suspended… smh

  • Mike Mihalow

    Also agreed. But Wade could probably stab Artest in the kidneys, and only get a Technical.


    it’s all about reputation people. Don’t act like you don’t know that. D3 is a class act since he made it to the league. Even though he was drafted behind Bron Melo and Bosh, he’s the only 1 with a ring. MWP on the other hand has something like 19 different suspensions.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    For what it’s worth, the people who said Wade’s throw was a smart move was because it was the playoffs. Like JVG said, don’t give them any help and use any advantage you can get.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Take notes, Blake.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I swear SLAM if another comment doesn’t post, I’m going to wave my hand angrily in the air for my coworkers to stare at awkwardly….For what it’s worth, the people who said Wade’s throw was a smart move was because it was the playoffs. Like JVG said, don’t give them any help and use any advantage you can get.

  • Dustrin

    The Spurs all know about administering hard fouls. That is how they beat the Suns in the 2007 WCFs. Don’t whine because someone threatens to play aggressively. That is what the playoffs are about. For the Spurs though, the playoffs are about flopping, whining, and figuring out how to get opposing key players ejected for defending their teammates!